Harry Maguire 'tailor-made' for Manchester United: Jonny Evans

David Moyes Harry Maguire

David Moyes Harry Maguire

Former England manager McClaren, who also worked at United as an assistant under Sir Alex Ferguson, reckons Maguire's move to Old Trafford can match the impact that van Dijk made when he joined Liverpool.

Maguire won man-of-the-match on his United debut, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side keep a clean sheet in their 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea and has been compared to Virgil van Dijk by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness.

Maguire, 26, became the world's most expensive defender after a superb 12 months that saw the colossal centre-back star for England at the World Cup - before excelling at Leicester City during 2018-19.

"But at Manchester United he will have to play on the halfway line and there will be a lot of space in behind him where he could get caught out for pace".

Evans and Maguire forged a formidable centre-back partnership at Leicester City last season before the Red Devils pounced for the England worldwide earlier this month.

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The fee eclipsed the previous record of £75 million that Liverpool paid Southampton for van Dijk early past year. He is powerful and good in the air.

"Some players, whether it be Alexis Sanchez or not, will shut up, work harder and feel in due course that Maguire is someone they're scared to bring a bad performance into at half-time. He will be a real hit there, he is a fantastic player". We are all human and it is weird we get traded for money. The most important thing is for him to be judged on how he plays.

"We didn't try to sign him but we flagged him up at that time", he told talkSports.

"You thought "my goodness, how big is Harry going to be" because he was a relatively young boy at that time", Moyes added.

"I was very aware of the players in the lower leagues and had made a good career out of bringing them to Everton - whether that be Tim Cahill or all the ones we did through the years". He's got a really likeable nature about him. He might have just needed a bit of time to settle.

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